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The Best Reporting on Ted Cruz Through the Years

A look back at Ted Cruz’s career as seen through accountability stories and other in-depth reports.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE


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‘SNL’ Rips Into Donald Trump for His Misogynistic Comments and Encouragement of Violence (Video)

Just because Donald Trump was invited to host “Saturday Night Live” a few months ago doesn’t mean the show is above criticizing the Republican front-runner.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hair of the Dog









Posted on Jan 4, 2016 ENLARGE



Ted Cruz, Not Donald Trump, Could Become the GOP’s Nominee

Trump clearly has maintained his stranglehold on the media and certain swaths of the American population since he arrived, all bombast and swagger, on the 2016 election scene back in June. But according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Trump is actually not the one to watch—or beat.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



What I Learned During My Time in the Red States

I’ve just returned from three weeks in the Red States. It was ostensibly a book tour, but I wanted to talk with conservatives and tea partyers.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is In as House Speaker

It’s official: We’re now in the Paul Ryan era. The Wisconsin congressman was confirmed as the 54th House speaker on Thursday, succeeding the retiring John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is Fully on Board to Become House Speaker

What a difference a few days makes. After putting on quite a convincing show of resistance, followed by reticence, Rep. Paul Ryan is now the very picture of enthusiasm when it comes to his prospective new role as speaker of the House.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Does an About-Face, Says He’d Serve as House Speaker

The saga in the House continues: On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, who for weeks had been maintaining that he didn’t want to replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, told Republican colleagues that he would run for the position on one important condition.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 19, 2015 ENLARGE



John Boehner’s Impossible Task

The speaker of the House was thoroughly conservative in a Republican Party that had moved the goal posts on what constituted conservatism. But he could never be conservative enough for his critics on the right.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to Use the GOP Racial Dog-Whistle Is an Expensive Mistake

Republican candidates who wanted to play to the “angry white men” were in the past slightly more subtle.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 15, 2015 ENLARGE



Rand Paul Makes It Official, Announcing Presidential Bid Online

The Republican senator from Kentucky is going for it in 2016.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 6, 2015 ENLARGE


Bachmann Derangement









Posted on Apr 3, 2015 ENLARGE



Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz, Obamacare Hater, Peruses Obamacare Options for Wife’s Coverage

He nearly brought the cogs of Congress to a halt in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act, and now the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful is in the market for health insurance for his wife, Heidi, while he’s on the campaign trail. This is a bit awkward.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Set to Launch Presidential Campaign Monday

This should come as no surprise: The Republican U.S. senator from Texas will throw his hat in the ring as a contender for the White House in the 2016 election. Two of his advisers say he will make the announcement Monday.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


Hillary’s Email









Posted on Mar 13, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Mar 12, 2015 ENLARGE



Looking Backward to the Future

The strangling of our political potential by a claustrophobic sense of the possible did not always typify American public life. My book is about that change in the temper of the times, and is in part motivated by my own experience.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin Smarts









Posted on Jan 29, 2015 ENLARGE


Wilderness









Posted on Jan 28, 2015 ENLARGE



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If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



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What Ebola Can Teach Us

The lessons are quite obvious at this point—and contain implications that are political in the most urgent sense.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE


Deficit Hawks









Posted on Sep 9, 2014 ENLARGE



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When Moderates Fight Back

The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



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2014 and the Limits of Rage

The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Plain Vanilla Bipartisanship

When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Can the Voters Change the GOP?

The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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From Clinton to Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

There is at least one future event that could be safely forecast years ago, almost as soon as President Barack Obama entered the White House: a movement among House Republicans to impeach the president.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE


Palin’s Death Panel









Posted on Jul 30, 2014 ENLARGE



Twitter Reacts to the Sarah Palin Channel

“Are you tired of the media filters?” asks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who certainly is and has stepped up to the plate to “do something about it.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


Bachmann Again









Posted on Jul 27, 2014 ENLARGE


Obamacare Legal Challenges









Posted on Jul 26, 2014 ENLARGE



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Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory,” he surely wasn’t imagining anything quite like Brownbackistan.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Study: Educational Segregation Plays a Role in Tea Party Allegiance

A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame teased out a positive correlation between educational segregation, which can relate to other divisive factors but isn’t always interchangeable with them, and alignment with tea party ideology.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren on Running for President: ‘No Means No’

Despite unceasing speculation that she might be a credible progressive challenger in the 2016 election, the senator from Massachusetts is adamant that she is not in the race.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE


Impeach









Posted on Jul 21, 2014 ENLARGE



The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


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